Thomas: I enjoyed a lt because the stories were fun and we could talk to each other in Chinese about the story.
Aika: I liked listening to the stories because the girl read very well.
Sanjita: I listened to stories read in Korean. I could not understand the story but got the big idea. I just looked at the pictures to understand. It was difficult sometimes.
Shabiya: I enjoyed the story because it was funny, but I don’t really understand Malay.
We started the process of writing our own central idea about a week ago.
Ms Skrtic helped us identify some qualities that are necessary for a central idea that is worthy of inquiry.
Next we wrote our own central ideas and shared them with a partner and gave evidence to explain why tour ideas were: engaging, relevant, challenging...
Then, we shared our ci with a larger group and after a lot of debate and discussion, we voted for one central idea.
MCKAYLA's BLOGPOST: This week I most enjoyed doing a presentation with David, Keitaro, Aroha, in front of Mr. Pinchbeck. We were sharing information about the tree cutting at the front of our school.
We told Mr. Pinchbeck how we took action after National Parks Board (N’Parks) cut down the first tree outside our school on Paterson Road.
We found their e-mail address on their website and messaged them. We asked why they cut down the tree. They said that the tree they cut had a Fusarium wilt disease, that affects Angsana Trees. They cut another few trees down, and we asked them why, but they haven’t responded yet. Keitaro took photos of the trees that were cut.
We told Mr. Pinchbeck that the class was working on something called the Earth Hour Project. An Earth Hour is when the school goes and buys seeds and plants it around the school. We did some research into the kinds of trees found in Singapore and the one that would be most suited for our school.
The trees that we suggested to plant are the Saga Seed Tree, and/or the Rain Tree.
We showed Mr. Pinchbeck the spot where we would like to plant one or two trees. He said he would think about it… We wonder if the will say yes!!
PS: GONG XI FA CAI! HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR TO ALL! Below is a proposal for where we want to plant the tree
This week we also inquired into different forms of poetry and literary devices such as similes, alliterations....and wrote our own poems.
Feb 16, 2017. Parents and friends invited.
Inquiring into different strategies to divide large numbers, and then teaching each other. Student becomes teacher
We are inquiring into How We Express Ourselves.
Central Idea: Media influences the way we think and act.
Lines of inquiry - What is Media?
How media influences audiences
How media uses data
We will look into the central idea through the lens of the following key concepts:
Form, function and perspective
Related concepts: similarities and differences
This week we are tackling the first line of inquiry by observing and recording the different forms of media that we use or notice around us. Then we will look into the purpose of that media, and will sort them into categories.
Some of the student questions that have come up: does media change? how to use media?
Below is an example of some responding to a media piece. Students viewed the image and used a visible thinking routine to show their thinking: what is the message and What makes you say that?
I showed responsibility by keep looking at the money when my partner ( David ) is away, so that we don’t lose any money. I was responsible because I helped David bake pizza and cookies. I brought change for the Market day but it was no help because I did not think of the exact number of coins I should have taken. I took some randomly. We also cooperate to bake the pizza and cookie before the market day.
SHABIYA: The challenge I faced was when making the slime because to make an amazing slime, you need measurements and I never made a giant slime before. I overcome the challenge by just trying my best making the slime and also by asking for help.
Our demand was lower than the other stalls. I think that’s because our stall was all the way in the corner, around where we put Steven The Plant. No one really saw our stall, so we had to find people. Most people we go to, they already had their nails painted in the other stalls. We lured people over by showing them our christmas designs 🎅🎄 Our supplies were very good quality. They can dry in around 5-10 minutes. We have a variety of colours, that lots of people like. Our designs are really good for the holiday!
The demand was high for the younger students. I think the demand was high for the younger students because younger students younger student likes to have a pretty nails. It doesn’t mean that older people don’t like nail polish…….they just don’t want to get nail pretty TODAY.
ANNISAA: My group decided to pay $8 dollar to the Nailish nail Group because we had nothing to trade for color to access, so their group made a contract!
Hands on learning about - accepting responsibility, planning, ethics, team work, math: Grade 5 Market day
View life from the lens of a 10 year old, and it will bring much humour and joy. That sums up my experience with my grade 5 students at ISS.